THE ONLY WAY IS ESSEX
Wow. What a performance from the Eagles at Scarborough! Faced with a stern test against Yorkshire at the festival, the Div One leaders passed with flying colours. Mohammad Amir took 10 wickets in the match with a swoon-inducing exhibition of swing bowling and young Jamie Porter chipped in with seven scalps as the table-toppers thumped the White Rose by eight wickets inside two days. Wow.
Is Nottinghamshire run machine Alex Hales the most in-form batsman in world cricket right now? He brought his blistering limited overs form into the four-day game with a ludicrously good run-a-ball 218 against Derbyshire. Time he got a recall to the England Test set-up?
We love a good comedy run-out and this mix up between Essex openers Varun Chopra and Nick Browne had us chortling away! Suffice to say the leaders still romped to victory despite the mishap...
It was a triumphant return to red ball cricket with Surrey for Rikki Clarke, who rejoined his first club from Warwickshire last week. Clarke didn’t need much time to settle in, taking two wickets in two balls in just his third over back as he finished Day One with exemplary figures of 2/18. Well bowled!
MAN OF STEEL
Hales wasn't the only one to hit a double on Monday as Cameron Steel became Durham's youngest double centurion with a magnificent 224 off 408 balls, helping his side reach 525/8 before they declared against Leicestershire. The 21-year-old also takes the honour of being the first batsman born in California to reach the grand total of 200 in a County Championship game.